Friday Tributes…

Happy Friday before a Full Moon…can you feel it? I’ve been very busy this week. I think that my brain officially imploded due to all of the notable passings of the past three weeks, but the political quagmire is what has finally broken me. That steaming pile of shit just got even deeper during the past few days! I have several long posts in the works, but wanted to pay tribute to the legends who have gone on. It’s also been 648 days, in case anyone has forgotten. #BringBackOurGirls

Music while I dive back into my projects…and I hope that you’re able to find the hidden comedy link!

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David Bowie, b. David Robert Jones: 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016

John Howard Getty “J. J.” Johnson: 18 October 1947 – 7 January 2016

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman: 21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016

Daniel Francis Haggerty: 19 November 1941 – 15 January 2016

Glenn Lewis Frey: 6 November 1948 – 18 January 2016

Eatin’ Healthy!

Food, food, food – I love good, fresh food! Cooking is an enjoyable time for me, so much so that I have to chase my hubby out of the house, to his shop, so that I can sit and prepare a delicious meal. Don’t get me wrong, I like it when he helps out with a major dish (Oysters Rockefeller, for one), but when I’m making a beef stew or chicken soup, I enjoy doing it myself. I sit and think my random thoughts when I prepare the ingredients; I look out the window and see a beautiful rainbow forming over the ocean – there was a nice, big one this morning – and I “talk” with the birds as I hear them peeping and chirping outside of the window. It’s quiet, serene, and peaceful.

We have a crock-pot, which is nice for a basic chili dish, or beans and ham-hocks, but my kitchen appliance that gets the most use is a professional-grade rice-cooker: Zojirushi! It has a multitude of settings to cook all types of rice, and it is great for cooking soups and stews quickly, as it is essentially a pressure-cooker: it only takes about 1 – 1/2 hours for beef or lamb stew, or for chicken soup – I use thighs that still have the bone in them, and they turn out perfect. Usually, my chicken soup takes 3 hours from start to finish, and I have to hover and stir and taste and prep – but that’s if I’m making one for a potluck or family gathering. With just us two, it’s much more convenient to be able to throw all of the ingredients in the cooker and with two button-pushes, the magic begins!

The must-haves that go in each dish are garlic, onions, shallots, and carrots – sometimes I’ll slice up a leek and toss it in. The fresh herbs I like are thyme and rosemary for beef or lamb; thyme and sage for chicken. Fresh-ground, multi-colour peppercorns; a dash of cayenne, and some Italian seasoning round out the spices. Bouillon cubes are good for a little extra flavor, as is a cup of good wine – I don’t use cooking sherry. Root vegetables go in the stews, leafy vegetables are for the soups. Sometimes I’ll cut up some tofu and throw it in with the chicken for a little extra stuff to chew on! Good stuff, good stuff…I think I’ll have another bowl of it, ladled over some good rice noodles – the broth ‘cooks’ them and I eat them al dente…very tasty!

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Lovely Lavender…

I’m in my cocoon, still working on my horribly long post. I hope to have it completed and published by Friday, and I’m nourishing myself physically, mentally, and emotionally as I do so. I made a nice pot of soup this morning so I could snack on it for the remainder of the afternoon and evening – it is my personal cold-fighting, flu-busting, naturally-antioxidant-filled soup, and it works. I haven’t had the flu for 5 years, and colds are (maybe) a once-yearly rarity. I think that I’m too ornery to get sick, personally…LOL.

It has been warmer-than-usual here in my little corner of the world. Little to no rain, for the most part – but living on the coast, I still benefit from the onshore and offshore breezes…so it’s pleasantly balmy. A wonderfully refreshing drink to have in the summertime is lavender lemonade – if you’ve never tried it, I recommend it…it’s modern ambrosia, much like tasting honey fresh from the comb – and chewing the bees-wax is a natural gum.

I also use lavender extract in my homemade hair-product because I love the smell. Others do too, judging from the compliments I’ve received over the years. More than once I’ve been told, “Gee…your hair smells terrific!”  (anyone remember that commercial?)

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Credit: bonnieplants.com

I’m reminded of the old song / poem / children’s rhyme I learned years ago…one of my favourites, along with “Kookaburra,” “Santa Lucia,” and “High Road / Low Road.” I wrote it the way I remember it, so apologies if I muck it up.

Lavender’s blue, dilly-dilly
Lavender’s green
When I am King, dilly-dilly
You shall be Queen

Lavender’s green, dilly-dilly
Lavender’s blue
When you are King, dilly-dilly
I shall love you

Something like that, I think?

Time for gaming…the battlefield calls loudly.

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